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Modeling hemp as an innovative input: an application of the diffusion of innovations in a sample of hemp aware consumers


  • Hannah Lacasse

    (University of Vermont)

  • Jane Kolodinsky

    (University of Vermont)

  • Travis Reynolds

    (University of Vermont)

  • Heather Darby

    (University of Vermont Extension)


After decades of absence, the federal legalization of hemp in the U.S. positions the crop as an innovative, plant-based input for conventional products. Through an application of the diffusion of innovations theory, this study responds to identified research needs made by hemp stakeholders and the existing literature by modeling the influence of innovation characteristics on propensity to use hemp products among Vermont consumers. Findings reveal that attributes associated with relative advantage and trialability significantly influence propensity to use at least one type of hemp product, as well as use multiple types of hemp products. This highlights particularly salient points for hemp stakeholders engaged in the marketing and communication of hemp products. Findings contribute to informed strategy creation for producers, institutions, and other stakeholders operating in this nascent industry, where data and research continue to be limited.

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  • Hannah Lacasse & Jane Kolodinsky & Travis Reynolds & Heather Darby, 2024. "Modeling hemp as an innovative input: an application of the diffusion of innovations in a sample of hemp aware consumers," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 41(1), pages 239-248, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:41:y:2024:i:1:d:10.1007_s10460-023-10481-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-023-10481-z

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